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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
“We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.
Paul had been physically stoned in a place called Lystra, by people who were against his message. He was left for dead, but when the other disciples came near him the Bible says he got up and he and Barnabas went to a city called Derbe to preach the gospel! Many hearers of the word received Jesus as their Savior, and then Paul and Barnabas headed back through Lystra and strengthened the disciples living in that area. Paul told them they would have to suffer many hardships to enter the “Kingdom of God.”
As I read this passage this AM, I thought to myself … we “Followers of Jesus” have to go through a lot in order to eventually see Jesus face to face. Then I thought, but wait, so do people who reject Jesus. Think about it. You and I both know people who have been through hell, living against the Word of God. Think about drug addicts, sex traffickers, alcoholics, spouse abusers, and murderers. Think about “Gang Time,” “Jail Time,” and “Real Time” for those who reject Jesus. Think of those who reject Jesus, make a billion dollars, and one day lay on a death bed, wondering what was the point. To be honest, I’d rather suffer hardships and “WIN” heaven one day, instead of suffer hardships here on earth and go to hell one day. It’s really up to us … “We Choose Which HARDSHIP.”
I will always choose YOU! It’s the only HARDSHIP I can trust. Amen